These last days…

Windows 7  Vista

Windows 7 > Vista

Delightfully ominous, isn’t it? Tee hee. Well, there’s no foreshadowing here. It’s been a few days since I last checked in, so I thought it was about time for an update.

So, where have I been? As always, plugging away at Fallen Earth but at a much slower pace than I’d like. I’ve been talking to Syp from Biobreak, so I should have a clan soon, though. Once things settle down with college (with any luck, tonight) I should be able to put some more time in.

I’ve also upgraded to Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit. I’m happy to report that the upgrade process went flawlessly and everything, peripherals included, worked like a charm without any driver upgrades needed.

More importantly, your MMOs like Windows 7. Well, except for Aion, but I’ll get there in a moment. One of the neat things 7 does better than Vista is allocate video memory. Vista would use your video memory for programs that you weren’t even working with. If they were running, even off screen, your video card was under strain. Windows 7 works like you’d think it should: your video memory only goes towards what you’re seeing.

FPS-wise, that means nothing. I’ve noticed absolutely no change in my framerate; however, what I have noticed is far less hiccups as I’m running around. Since it now has a bunch of extra memory, the game’s rendering is far smoother than Vista’s ever was. Between the OS upgrade and FE’s last patch, I’m noticing a ~5FPS increase just about everywhere now too. From what I’ve heard, this is probably because of the patch more than the upgrade.

I mentioned Aion, so I’ll get this out there. For some reason, Aion CTD’s more often under 7. Some people have reported BSODs but I haven’t encountered any of those yet. I would imagine a future patch will fix these issues though, and I can usually go a couple of hours in between crashes, so it’s not a big deal.

Finally, I picked up a copy of Borderlands. I’m a level 6 soldier, at the moment, and having a ball. The game is fun and has a great sense of humor. I LOL’d when I ran into the first boss, Nine Toes. When he comes out, a brief cut scene occurs and gives him an introduction screen. The text went something like this: Nine Toes (also, he has three balls) I wasn’t expecting that kind of humor, so I hope it continues.

Loot upgrades roll in, especially when you’re playing co-op. Single player, not so much. You get a lot of guns. So much so, I’ve actually heard people complain about it. Now, come on. The first good upgrade I picked up was a machine gun pistol with a chance to set your enemies on fire. And it’s a good chance too because I was burning monsters left and right… and enjoying every minute of it.

The jury is still out on the longevity of the game. I believe you can get up to level 50 and, honestly, I could see the game getting old (repetitive) before then. Still, it’s a blast right now so I’m taking it for what it is.

That’s about it for the moment. With any luck, I’ll be back to my usual gaming routine again tomorrow. Until next time!

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